Arts and Culture

Shange paid the price for her honesty
Shange paid the price for her honesty
There have been very clear moments when the loss of a famous person felt personal. This year, the deaths of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Hugh...
Mexico with its take on the dead
Mexico with its take on the dead
Just two days after Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, in which marching bands and skeletal puppets paraded through city streets, William...
Frida Kahlo’s communist ideas revisited and rejected
Frida Kahlo’s communist ideas revisited and rejected
Since July, people have flocked to the first-ever exhibition of the works of Mexican Frida Kahlo in Budapest — except Hungary’s right-wing...
The markings of Zulu rap
The markings of Zulu rap
In the middle of Manelis’s album Aircuts, there is a snippet of deceased Durban emcee XO rapping a verse. He is transposed on to the proceedings...
South Africa has a new Poet Laureate
South Africa has a new Poet Laureate
Author, poet, struggle stalwart and healer Mongane Wally Serote was announced as South Africa’s poet laureate at a South African Literary Awards...
Play about refugees fleeing as relevant today as it was 12 years ago
Play about refugees fleeing as relevant today as it was 12 years ago
We have all travelled, no matter how short the distance. We know what it means to traverse space and time, and to land in someplace new. We all...
The Weekend Guide
The Weekend Guide
There; Not There by Karen Cronje: Using nuclear accidents that resulted in the obliteration of humanity in a short time,...
What we are hinges on respect
What we are hinges on respect
A black friend of mine was standing in a queue at Spar last weekend when a white woman arrived and stood next to her. It was just the two of them...
Art and the heirs of redness
Art and the heirs of redness
Qab’imbola, Buhlebezwe Siwani’s new exhibition, opened during an oppressive heatwave in Cape Town, the type that thins the air so that...
Gayle, the language of laughter – and of safety
Gayle, the language of laughter – and of safety
Gaseroen Samuels laughs as he recalls the years of fun he had in Cape Town’s District Six with his large, all-queer posse. “Oooh jinne man,...
Magugu fashions a new look for Sunday bests
Magugu fashions a new look for Sunday bests
Statuesque models lining the foyer’s walls look down on those who walk through the narrow aisle between them. People rush past with clipboards or...
Dickies fanatics get their own store
Dickies fanatics get their own store
There’s always that one uncle in black families. The malume who sports a gold chain, uses a pair of balled-up stockings to shine his two-tone...
African Mobilities and the African City
African Mobilities and the African City
If you were able to travel at the speed of light, time would cease to exist. The faster you travel, the slower time will pass. Time is simultaneously real and unreal, and is tied to movement....

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